Niskayuna town supervisor fires back at 'The Simpsons'

A scene from Sunday night's episode of A scene from Sunday night's episode of "The Simpsons". | Photo: Fox.

April 29, 2019 04:55 PM

For a few brief moments on "The Simpsons" Sunday night, upstate New York was the butt of jokes.

The episode saw the family heading to Niagara Falls.


While passing through, Homer sings a "New York, New York" parody about upstate, as unflattering images of places that are supposed to be Niskayuna, Mohawk Valley Community College, Buffalo and Utica -- with a steadily declining population counter -- flash across the screen.

In response, Niskayuna's town supervisor, Yasmine Syed, released the following statement:

"Like many of you, I have seen last night's episode of the Simpsons. In one sense I'm relieved because this explains the several noise complaints we received for a middle aged man singing an out of tune rendition of 'New York, New York' while driving down Balltown Road. However, I would like to personally invite Homer and his family to swing back through and stay for a few days on their way back from Canada, no hotel points needed.

"Homer believes there's no 'fancy part of it,' but during their all too brief pass through Niskayuna they likely missed our splendid open spaces like Blatnick and River Road Park, the scenic Mohawk Hudson bike trail, our gorgeous and safe neighborhoods, our burgeoning retail centers like the Niskayuna Co-op, Shop Rite Square and Mohawk Commons, and our award winning school district, where Bart, Lisa and eventually little Maggie would receive a superior education to anything offered in Springfield.

"I hope Homer and Marge will take me up on my offer to be their personal tour guide so they can see for themselves that our water tower is leak-free and that Homer's satirical song rings hollow when it comes to Niskayuna. I can promise they'll like it so much, they may even stay a while and help boost the upstate population by five."


WNYT Staff

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